Smuggler’s Notch 2012 Travelogue, Part II

haibun haiku

Haibun Haiku


Cannonball Contest

His first jump sends pool water up a geyser’s height. His second jump nearly soaks the MC.

His third jump barely ripples the water.

He swims to me oblivious of his loss.

Mountainside Pool
at night even lifeguards
wear sweats


Moose Trail

The path leads through thick woods. Maple trees and pines enclose us from Route 108 and the greenways of cross-country trails.

Wooden-plank bridges resembling crate pallets cross dry creek beds. Whatever moose may have come in the past, none appear today.

across the trail
scampering through sunlight
one chipmunk


Wine Tasting at Boyden Valley Vineyard

The Red River-Bend has a smooth and strong flavor. The others manage to be sweet and tart at the same time. A few sips, and Mira is almost tipsy.

Outside, we lounge on plastic Adirondack chairs on the lawn in front of “The Barn.” Mount Mansfield rises like a camel hump from the Boyden Valley floor.

growing down
a gentle green hill
new vineyard


next: Read Smuggler’s Notch 2012 Travelogue, Part III

previous: Read Smuggler’s Notch 2012 Travelogue, Part I



photography by Sarah Babineau


Image Curve’s Manifesto


Frank J. Tassone

I fell in love with writing ever since I wrote my first short story at the age of 12 and my first poem in high school. My free-verse has appeared in the literary e-zine Pif. My haibun has been published in Cattails, Haibun Today, Contemporary Haibun Online (CHO) and Contemporary Haibun, CHO's annual print anthology. My haiku has been published by the Haiku Foundation. My senryu has been published in Failed Haiku. I regularly perform haibun and other haikai with Rockland Poets. I am honored to be a part of the Image Curve community as a contributing poet. Visit my website to see more of my poetry. Follow me on twitter @fjtassone2 and like my Facebook page American Haijin for updates on my latest work.

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